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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

September 16th, 1968 – The Battle of Owerri

Conflict: Nigerian Civil War

Combatants: Biafrans vs. Nigerians

Location: Nigeria

Outcome: Nigerian victory


Following the secession of Biafra, the Nigerian military invaded the nascent nation in the summer of 1967. Nigerian forces gradually absorbed half of Biafran territory before holding position for peace talks in May/June of 1968. When peace talks failed, the Nigerian offensive resumed and, after capturing Aba, rolled on to capture the city of Owerri on September 16th of 1968.

Soldiers in the Nigerian Civil War by Peter Williams


Points of Interest:

  • Biafra surrendered in January of 1970 after suffering nearly 2 million military and civilian casualties.

  • Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the leader of the Biafran Secession, fled to exile in the Ivory Coast at the end of the war.

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